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Friday, May 13, 2016

Play Food for Thought; Dolls and Cuisine






Baby Alive, Bébé Gourmand, Bébé Teteur, Snack Time Kids, Drink and Wet Dolls, Betsy Wetsy---Even dolls have to eat!  Remember the wonderful doll food described in Parrish's "Floating Island?"  All those cups of air!


Ginger, Courtesy R. John Wright Dolls


 Remember the elaborate Japanese dinners Nona created for Miss Happiness and Miss Flower?




Great cooking and ingredients inspire art, and art inspires dolls.  Think of Alice, and her mysterious, magical snacks that said “eat me” and “drink me.”  Think of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and the Queen of Hearts distress over losing her tarts! 
Bébé Teteur, Courtesy, Theriault’s



Diane Mott Davidson, who writes wonderful mysteries with recipes, even has her detective, Goldy Bear, catering a Babsie Doll Convention. Babsie, of course, is a play on the name of another very famous fashion doll.



Flower Fairy dolls often represent edible flowers and berries, which themselves are used to paint doll, like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s doll Charlotte. Remember, also, that Laura’s first doll, Susan, was made of corncob wrapped in a hankie.
Laura Ingalls with her Corncob Doll, Garth Williams Illustrator, Public Domain Image
Cornhusk dolls, corn dollies, nut dolls, fairy dolls with acorn caps, apple heads, licorice dolls, gingerbread dolls, dough dolls, orange peel dolls, gourd dolls, jack o lanterns,  lobster class dolls, candy dolls, the list of edible dolls is seemingly endless. 
Corn Dollie, Public Domain Image



Holiday dolls evoke memories of holiday cooking, e.g., Halloween Witches remind us of candy apples and Halloween candy, and Christmas dolls remind of sugar plums [sugar plum fairies], sweets, cookies, mincemeat, and so much more.  Easter has its chocolate bunnies and Peeps, St. Patrick’s Day has its leprechaun dolls and green beer, Valentine’s Day its candy Kewpies, and chocolate boxes topped with dolls.

Antique dolls often open up to reveal they are elaborate candy containers! A, it is a feast for dolls and people!


From Mrs. Beeton; Public Domain













 Dolls and Gourmet go together, and as we know, there are dolls made of edible materials, too.  Here are some great public domain illustrations to enjoy, as well.












In fact, the UFDC has put out a cookbook featuring recipes and doll photos.











The American Girls have recipes and cookbook directions, there is, of course, the Easy Bake Oven, and Barbie has had kitchen and barbecue outfits and accessories for decades.   Didn't we love our toy stoves, and the cast iron versions are important collectibles!
Easy-Bake Over, Public Domain Image
Ute Applehead Doll, Courtesy, Theriault’s

One of the American Girls has dreams of running a bakery. Doll kitchens have been around for hundreds of years, and doll with cooking utensils have existed for thousands.




So, it's been established.  Doll Collectors have to eat.
Enjoy!













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